05/15/2013 11:31AM

Preakness Stakes: Orb tops nine entrants; post-position draw 6 p.m. Eastern

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Barbara D. Livingston
Heavy Preakness favorite Orb was one of nine horses entered Wednesday morning.

BALTIMORE - There were no surprises at entry time at Pimlico on Wednesday, when nine were entered in Saturday's 138th Preakness Stakes, in which Kentucky Derby winner Orb will try to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive.

In addition to Orb, others in the Preakness are Departing, Goldencents, Govenor Charlie, Itsmyluckyday, Mylute, Oxbow, Titletown Five, and Will Take Charge.

The draw for the 1 3/16-mile race is scheduled for 6 p.m., and will be shown live on HRTV.

Preakness entrants
Purse: $1 million; 1 3/16 miles; Grade 1
Horse, Odds, Trainer, Jockey
Orb, 1-1, Shug McGaughey, Joel Rosario
Goldencents, 5-1, Doug O’Neill, Kevin Krigger
Departing, 6-1, Al Stall Jr., Brian Hernandez Jr.
Mylute, 10-1, Tom Amoss, Rosie Napravnik
Itsmyluckyday, 10-1, Eddie Plesa Jr., John Velazquez
Will Take Charge, 10-1, D. Wayne Lukas, Mike Smith
Govenor Charlie, 15-1, Bob Baffert, Martin Garcia
Oxbow, 15-1, D. Wayne Lukas, Gary Stevens
Titletown Five, 20-1, D. Wayne Lukas, Julien Leparoux
Odds by Mike Watchmaker, subject to change after the post-position draw
Television: Saturday, NBC, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Eastern

J ofalltrades More than 1 year ago
So to all the filly lovers who proclaim they are better than the boys. Question: where are they now? The field did not over subscribe. It's because the owners and trainers were wise not to race them against the boys.
Robynrokn More than 1 year ago
Gov C Will take charge and deny the ORB and send the T5 packin. Bet your golden cents on that. Please give us lucky day johnny v over 10.
Robert Johnson More than 1 year ago
In a nine horse field, hard to make excuses for post position, especially for a well-rounded horse like Orb. Orb can actually regress a little in the Preakness and still win. The other eight runners will have to run their best race ever just to have a shot. But that's why they run the races.
Thomas Nicholson More than 1 year ago
Google "Secretariat A Moment Of Eternity" if your eyes don't water up your not a true racing fan. I'm hoping for racing luck., and I'm going to Belmont on June 8 to see Orb win the Triple Crown. I wish they allowed coolers though!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Andrew More than 1 year ago
Probably like you watched smarty jones and big brown win the belmont stakes and triple crown, good luck with that.
Rafael Acosta More than 1 year ago
Triple Crown is tougher than it looks.
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
How do you people have all the Past Performances in front of you to be able to predict the winners in advance? I do this for a living and have a hard time remembering things. How can you know what the pace will be? Or what the logical fractions should be? Or see the workouts and spacing of them and all other things needed to make a logical decision. I can't phathom how you all can predict who will win until the race is drawn........ I frequently see that you most all pick the losers, but to be able to pick so far in advance is just crazy. I can tell you the 3-4-5 that have no shot, but not the winner yet. I know that the bottom horse will iwn the Pimlico Special and the other speed horse will tire in the lane, but after that, I need to look a little closer. Richards kid is the class, but dislikes dirt and i would key him 3rd behind the easy winner.
bill More than 1 year ago
Ladies and Gentleman, the expert has spoken. And he has given you all the wisdom and knowledge that the 7/5 favorite will win the Pimlico Special. Oh, and that the third choice will run third.
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
I can't help who they enter....... In the end, i will win and you will look stupid. The only difference is that you will announced it to the world. And to be completely honest, i only HANDICAPPED the race for you. At 4/5 or higher, i will make a sizable wager to win. No other bets. Just win. The only way I can lose is if Richard runs a HUGE race. No others have a shot, genius.
Mike Cooper More than 1 year ago
Really, you do this for a living and you can't tell from the entries what the pace will be in any given race? What the fractions might be? You've got to be a really lousy handicapper or really lucky at what you do because your comments make no sense. If you can't look at a Racing Form and make these observations than your at total fraud.
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
I don't have the entries in front of me. You have them..WOW. Do you have a magic lamp tp get them? And if you have a DRF today, how would you see the workouts from today? My point being that any GOOD handicapper waits for the PP draw to pick and then waits again for the track condition and then waits to see if there might be a bias. But you have mystical powers that I do not posess.
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
Also....I've never seen Departing run or Gov Charlie for that matter. Why would I have? You not only seem to know their running style, but you know what it will be in relationship to the field they will be in 3 days before the race!! WOW. And with out the PP draw. You should take a long hard look at how you handicap and take a lesson from someone who knows what he is doing. .............. Wait ubntil the field is set before coming to a conclusion.
bill More than 1 year ago
How could you have NOT seen Departing run? Any serious "professional" handicapper usually watches race replays. I assume the Louisiana Derby would have been viewed numerous times in preparation for wagering on the Kentucky Derby, a race in which Departing was third. Most people here have seen him run, genius
Mike Cooper More than 1 year ago
Again, what a joke as a handicapper. You've never seen the other contenders run? Are you still using your Sony Walkman and your Betamax? Do you need the post positions to figure out what the pace might be? Pretty good idea of who was going to be entered. I have some thoughts on the outcome but I don't need a handicap lesson from a wannabee.Make your your pick as they're loading in the gate.
Mike Knox More than 1 year ago
'allo GOV!
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
How about them BOSTON BRUINS boys and girls .....
Emerald Nkomo More than 1 year ago
I have never heard Shug talk so confidently. Actually it worries me its almost like he is out of his element. I hope the racing gods don"t rear their ugly heads and ruin Orb"s race.
bill More than 1 year ago
He sounded pretty much the same way before the Derby too
Tim Brandy More than 1 year ago
Orb will not win the triple crown. Remember, Palice Malice ruined the Kentucky Derby with those fast fractions. Just saying!!
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
Really? Palace Malace may have went 1:09, but ORB went 1:12 and change.......His normaal race. What does Palace Malace take away from ORB? If they go slower, ORB sits closer, unlike Verrazano that NEEDED to be near the lead and had NO SHOT of being able to do that on Derby Day. PACE/BEYERS/HANDICAPPING in that order........ read up.
Tim Brandy More than 1 year ago
You analysis is dead wrong. Remember I said so. Keep dreaming of a triple crown winner. It will not be Orb this year. You can make me eat my words later if he wins. But I think I know a little bit more about horse racing and these horses involved than you. Coming from inside the ropes. Other factors involved read up my friend. Good Luck!!
Tom Fritzsche More than 1 year ago
PM ruined the race for the speed horses, not to mention himself. Orb may have won anyhow, but with a slower pace Oxbow, who held on well regardless, may have taken it.
phil bailey More than 1 year ago
Your analysis is dead RIGHT. Slow pace Orb sits closer. The only thing the pce would have changed is who finished 2nd to 8th. A slower pace and maybe Normandy Invasion holds onto 2nd. BTW, a good handicapper knows what horses are capable of by their own memory. Replays of races speak louder than numbers on a page. So if you absolutely need the DRF in front of you to understand a horse race may I suggest you go back to Horse Racing 101 and start over.
rhonda More than 1 year ago
its Orb Will take Charge EX and if not for a poor trip I belive WTC may be trying for the III crown!;)